This is what helped me with pain near the left shoulder blade. Stand in front of an outside corner somewhere - I use a square column in my house. Lean back and place the area between your spine and the shoulder blade, where your pain is, at the corner edge and press hard and move around a bit, massaging the area. You may feel the muscle knots passing under the corner edge - it's like rubbing a wad of gristle over the edge. Now try your pain-free side to compare - the pain free side should pretty much glide smoothly across the edge. If this is the case, you've probably got a muscle knot issue. I have about 4 knots. Massage your knots on the edge this way a good 5 or 6 times a day and after golfing. My issue, which dogged me for over a year, became manageable in just a couple days. I can hit several buckets now, where before a single bucket would lay me up for a week. The knots are there but seem to be slowly shrinking.
Editing with a little more info. The knot may feel more like a taught cord. When probing/massaging against the corner, you'll know when you've found the spot as it will hurt relative to surrounding spots. The pain will be obvious.
I have another spot in my lower back that has been bugging me for a couple months and I only just recently found the spasmed muscles responsible by lying on the floor on my good side and probing hard where the pain is with my thumb. I move the muscle layers around a bit. This knot feels like a taught cord as opposed to a ball. Now that I've found the spot I massage it several times a day or when my back hurts and the pain pretty much goes away. There may be underlying spinal issue causing these knots but I've not seen the doc about the possibility. A Theracane might help probing/massaging difficult to reach areas - I have and use one.
Edited by fairway44, 28 January 2014 - 05:07 PM.